Grateful Dead Live at Mosque on 1977-05-25
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
They Love Each Other
Lazy Lightnin' ->
Brown Eyed Women
The Promised Land
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet ->
He's Gone ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
The Other One ->
The Wheel ->
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
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|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo|
|They Love Each Other|
|Lazy Lightnin' ->|
|Brown Eyed Women|
|The Promised Land|
|Scarlet Begonias ->|
|Fire On The Mountain|
|Estimated Prophet ->|
|He's Gone ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Wharf Rat ->|
|The Other One ->|
|The Wheel ->|
|Around And Around|
|Johnny B. Goode|
-- Small drop out in Wharf Rat fixed
-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Cleaned up a lot of flaws and fixed the levels a bit
-- Reel flip between He's Gone and Drums
- CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC
- Richmond, VA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: Dark Star Orchestra
Subject: 40 years
Subject: Good show
Subject: Wharf Rat
Subject: My two cents
Nope. It's this one.
BTW Keith is the bands secret weapon.
Subject: The other day-after
It's a May '77, so it's bound to be a good show. The show after contender for best-show-of-all-time, Pembroke, this is to Pembroke what War/Buffalo is to Barton. When you've got what we have today (the whole archive) you can be choosy if you want and by those standards this isn't a top 5 for the month (in fact it's average) and yet it's still really good - because it's freaking May '77!
First Set. Half the May 77s start with a Half-step Mississippi. This isn't a fireworks version like some of the others and yet it's totally money. Jack Straw is workmanlike - for May 77 anyway. Mexicali has some cool chording but otherwise matches others from 76-78. Peggy-o is a tight, slightly bouncy reading and Cassidy is uptempo with Jer inventive the whole way. The interplay is astonishing - almost up there with 6/9/77. Loser is punchy, one of the best, with Jer staying down at the butt through the solo. It's also an all-time classic Lazy Lightning/Supplication. Bob's attempt at one of Phil & Mickey's alt-time signatures was often blocky or sloppy but not here. The Supp jam is perfect. Ever wish Brown-Eyed Women appeared in a Rock version? Here you go.
Second Set. This is a good Scarlet>Fire. The Fire's not 4/30, 5/4, 5/8, 5/11, 5/17,or 5/21, and gets a little sleepy near the back (and Donna Steps on a Cat™ during Scarlet), but this was a heck of a month to live up to. The rest is good, but average for May 77.
1st Set: A-
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4 Stars
Half-Step Mississippi - a sneaky, groovy thang
Peggy-O - how it's supposed to be played
Loser - just about the fairest deal
Lazy Lightning>Supplication - perfection
Scarlet Begonias - nailed it
SOURCES: The SBDs all sound about the same but for the picky stuff there's this updated Miller plus, of course, Dave's #1.
Subject: So sweet...
Subject: 34586 and counting
Our previous reviewer's accurate comment bears repeating:
"One of the things that make the GD so great in my opinion is the fact that each show can have elements so completely different...What a perfect example of that point this one is."
Now time to chase down that 5/15 show mentioned!
Subject: .top notch dead
of what Man can do
thanks C.Miller and all who labor for the feast of our ears and souls.
Subject: Hypnotic and dreamy
The tone is literally set by the first few notes of the Mississippi opener, which ever so delicate while still maintaining a full steam ahead type of feel. Jerry’s vocals strike me immediately – spot on and sounding like Summer ’76, which happens to be my favorite period for his vocals. So smooth out of the gate, totally unlike so many shows that come busting out from the jump. Jack Straw comes next, and simply put its one of the best ever imo. I was so impressed by this after the first listen I stopped the show and tried to think of a better version off the top of my head – I couldn’t. There may be more adrenaline inducing versions out there, but this one is all heart and damn near perfect. Wound so beautifully, it takes my new top spot for the tune. At this point is when I knew something truly special was in the air this evening. TLEO rolls out next every bit as smooth as the first two tunes. Again, spot on playing. Time is perfect and the boys sound so in synch right here. You probably coulda blindfolded all of them at this point and it would not have made a difference. Incredible. Next up is Mexicali, which I spoke about recently as a barometer for a show – in other words, put on any Mexicali from any show and you can pretty much tell what kind of night Jerry is having. Perfect example right here. Jerry starts crazy pickin’ even before Bobby starts the rhythm. I don’t believe that I have ever heard him do that before. If there is such a thing as a monster Mexicali I would say this is it. Jerry tears shit up at a low level behind Bobby the entire tune – goodtimey yeehaw love right there. Bang up job boys. Jerry then rolls Peggy-O out next, and the warmth he creates with this sea shanty is incredible. First ballad in and he just nails it. Again, his vocals here are a thing of beauty. The solo is so soft and heavy, just exactly perfect for my taste. Ive always had a soft spot for this one. Well Done. Next up is Cassidy, and this is where I really started noticing the awesome tone of the Bean this evening. Perfectly in tune, and wonderfully played. Phil also really starts to shine here, and his punchy bass lines really fatten up the sound tonight. This one is another example of how on the band really is this evening. This version is pulled off seemingly without any effort, and even Donna is totally on point tonight. Jerry’s solos are nonstop and Bobby dominates. Wow. Not usually a huge Cassidy fan, but this one had a jammed out Bird Song-ish feel to it. Really nice. Next up they roll out the second ballad of the evening, Loser. Jerome is definitely pulling at heart strings and toying with peoples emotions here – and I love it when he does that. Classic storytelling which conjures up images of the most desperate of men, Jerry lays this down like the old soul he already is. Loved it. So they roll out LL>Supplication next, and I have an extremely hard time giving this an unbiased review because I do not care for this combo – and that is putting it kindly. It was well played though, and I didn’t hate it as much as usual. After the disco break, they boys roll out a very still sounding BEW. Awesome placement and Jerry sounds so soulful here, like he’s telling a story about something that just happened to him. I realize I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but Jerry absolutely owns every song he does so far this evening. We round out the first set with a beautifully ramped up Promised Land – are you freakin kiddin me? WOW. How could you not be on your feet dancing after this ferocious wind up. Talk about slamming the door on the way out..Holy moly - now that was really something. Smiling from ear to ear, I am stoked after the first listen of the first set. Why have I not heard of this show before? Magic is straight up happening, and I can feel this show elevating my mood. That’s awesome, and so was that first set.
The second set begins with an outstanding, somewhat docile Scarlett>Fire. When I say docile does that no way imply slow or uneventful. It more like a trance inducing reggae groove, with a lighter than air feel to it. Right from the first few notes I knew I would love this combo. Quick without being fast, maintaining plenty of room for Jerry to roam. Let me mention Donna again here – she sounds fantastic tonight. Her vocal solo absolutely stirs the shit outta the crowd; and they love her for it this evening. The best way I can put it to you is I got completely lost in this one…Just one song... I had no idea how long it was nor did I care. I was hypnotized on an aural level, and I dig that shit. The transition into Fire is where I was taken by the ever so subtle change and the beefy wah of the Mutron taking over the groove. Jerry calms it right down and they follow him ever so gracefully into a fully blown transcendental state, which is tonight’s Fire On the Mountain. His vocals fill the room like ice cold lemonade on a hot day. Refreshing and sweet, soothing and light this unreal version is pure hypno-Jerry at its finest. After the first verse and chorus, the licks start pouring outta the Bean like a tidal wave of tripped out butterflies rushing the crowd. This is wonderful head music right here. I loved this Scarlett>Fire and again – another absolute gem from this show. After coming to a brief full stop, Bobby starts counting it off and you know right where they are going – Estimated. They drop right in and let the groove loose once again. Bobby sounds great and Jerry lays this one down perfectly. Not too quick and maintaining that steady climb into the deep end. When Jerry finally takes flight, its more like a low flying glider than Apollo 13. Drifting in and out of a dream like state, perfectly comfortable exploring this groove right where he is at. Never rushed, never forced, and always right on time. After Jerry’s done exploring, they transition into He’s Gone. Nothing too crazy, but they definitely turn the corner here smooth as silk. Drop in, kick back and listen to Jerry’s tale of woe. As laid back as the night gets, yet still very heavy at the same time. They melt this into a kinda unique, albeit truncated Drums. It sounds to me like an a Art Blakey-ish at the beginning, and then they both start swinging like Big Band style. Very different and very cool. On point with the hypnotic feel, without going too tribal-cheese on you. They do a little false start TOO, and then they drop the heater on ya. Just exactly what I thought, our first ride on a V2 this evening – I figured it was coming sooner or later. Immediately I notice Phil stepping right up and straight up dominating. Nice punchy bombs abound and Jerry begins the ascent. Ramping nicely this TOO is definitely sounding hot. Bobby sounds like he almost blew out his larynx on the first verse, and Jerry maintains that galloping feel with the usual onslaught he provides during this tune. Scales abound, the all business Garcia takes this one into almost a march of sorts, then gently brings this one in. Phil sounds as if he wants another go – but not yet is Jerry’s answer. They land ever so gently in the form of the first few licks of Rat. Man is that smoooth. I smile with a smirky grin, and just soak this shit in. Insanely good and perhaps the ballad of the night. I love this song – the beautiful picture Jerry paints. I got a chill when he sang the opening August West verse – I know you’ve all been there before…This is one sweet Rat right here. Pure bliss. Slowly but surely they start coming around again – some trippy little interplay happenen before Phil busts them back into full blown bezerker mode TOO. The first two minutes after Rat is full on Phil bliss. Shit explodes everywhere as re-entry has officially begun. One more go round and Jerry backs them waay off again for the transition of the night into Wheel. Magical is how I describe that transition, and once again we are gliding home. This particular Wheel evokes themes of well being and hope that really shine through. Perfect placement and incredibly well played. Yet another tune that totally gets me when its done just right – and this one surely delivers. Smile inducing classic GD love all around, its time close the show. They bust straight into Around and Around and do JBG for the encore. I would say that this is the only part of the show that did not blow me away. I mean – I knew the Chuck Berry close was coming because of the first set closer, but I really coulda used a Dew. Both tunes were done very well though, and I can imagine how wonderful everyone felt when those lights came up after two speedy dancin’ tunes in a row. You know that feeling – the second the house lights come up and you look around and see everyone – and then just give your brother a hug. That’s how I see this one as ending for everyone that went. Big grin, big hug – see you down the road.
Thoughts on this one – What a wonderful show from arguably the best month of the bands career. Heavy on the ballads, Jerry goes right for the heart and soul of the crowd. So heavy and smooth, this exercise in transcendental flight leaves an impression without question, and soaks the listener in the warmth of the vibe. This show is a completely unique experience that left me feeling like I just ate a space cake – full body buzz with a grin. This is a remarkable show by any standard and I give this my very highest recommendation. Jerry was definitely channeling some Obi-Wan this evening.
Subject: On Fire - Up on the Mountain
Subject: Better than Barton Hall?
Subject: download before it changes
called Dave's Picks who is picking up where
Dick left off. This concert is supposed to be
his first recording and it probably won't be available for downloading in the future.
Subject: downloading shows
Subject: The ending jam is awesome,
Wow. Just wow.
Time has been kind to me and my toys. Enjoyed this at concert volume last night on the Klipschorns.
Thank you Mr. Charlie Miller!!
Subject: Thanks for the music!
Subject: Went to this show in 1977
Subject: Jack Straw
Subject: Among the best
Look at the month.
Look at the setlist.
Nothing more to say that hasn't been said.
Subject: blew my socks off :-)
Peace and love.
Subject: Great recording, great show.
Subject: Another May '77 Standout
Other One, and a jumpin' Miss 1/2 Step to kick it all off in an historic Southern venue where Elvis once played in 1956 during on his rise to rock immortality. Well...the King himself could never have imagined what would follow him through the door. And on this night, the lucky Heads in the audience were in for a suprise as well.
Subject: But dont you know he chose this place beside her...
Subject: Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Subject: W O W!!!!!!
Subject: He's Gone but he ain't forgotten....
Subject: CM is always the better choice
Subject: Stories from my dad
I found this out after going through his attic prior to the estate sale. WOW i found close to 40 dead tapes. This date had "Best" scribled on it. unfortunatly, after being in a Texas attic for 15 plus years, this particular tape was unplayable. But i agree with my dad that this concert was one for the books.
Like all of you who couldn't be around in their glorry days with K&D this website offers a glimpse of that era. My dad was an faithful tripper and follower of the dead, and after jerry's death he was never the same, but he always had his tapes and i will never forget the Dead or my father.
Subject: One of the best
First it's the He's gone, simply gives me goosebumps and then it's the sound of the show...a little echo like hard to describe but it haunts me. Just beautiful
Subject: This Show Rocks!!
Download the Charlie Miller remaster:
Half-Step, Jack Straw, and Peggy-O are simply amazing! Now if you really want a Half-Step that is in a class by itself, then check out the one from 5-8-77 at Boston Garden!
And the 2nd set speaks for itself! Any time you get Wharf Rat sandwiched in the middle of the Other One, then you are in for a treat.
Check out my other reviews from other awesome Grateful Dead shows!!
Danny from Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.
Subject: This is better than the other feeds